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General News of Sunday, 9 August 2020


Today in histroy: Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, two others tried in Kulungugu bomb attack

Today in history, on August 9, 1963 (exactly 57 years ago), Ebenezer Ako-Adjei (foreign minister), Tawia Adamafio (information minister), and Hugh Horatio Cofie-Crabbe (executive secretary of Nkrumah’s political party) were detained for allegedly plotting to assassinate the then president Kwame Nkrumah in the Kulungugu bomb attack in 1962.

On August 1, 1962, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah escaped a bomb assassination attempt on his life at Kulungugu in the Upper East Region.

Following an attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah’s life in Kulungugu bomb attack, three of his close associates were arrested for the assassination attempt.

They were jailed under the Preventive Detention Act. CPP publications accused the defendants of complicity in the assassination attempt due to all of them choosing to ride in cars far behind the president when the bomb was thrown.

The trial lasted for over a year and the three were originally cleared by the court, headed by Chief Justice Arku Korsah. Nkrumah subsequently had Korsah dismissed from the bench and appointed a new court, re-charging the exonerated defendants. Nkrumah handpicked the jury in the next court which found the three guilty and sentenced them to death. The death sentences were later commuted to twenty year sentences.

However, in 1966 President Kwame Nkrumah was unconstitutionally ousted from office through a military coup. The Coup was launched by the National Liberation council (NLC) with the code name “Operation Cold Chop,” on February 24th, 1966 backed by the C.I.A.

Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Tawia Adamafio, and Hugh Horatio Cofie-Crabbe were released after Kwame Nkrumah was Ousted from office in 1966.

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